Grant Overview

CLP provides Conservation Awards on an annual basis to support the work of early career conservationists.

Please note that the competition for the 2020 Conservation Awards is now closed. The call for applications for the 2021 Awards will be announced in due course. Details on how to apply via our online application system will be provided here.

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Each year, the Conservation Leadership Programme calls for applications to support projects in low and middle income countries and some high income islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. Funding is awarded to teams of early-career conservationists to conduct scientific research, encourage and promote pro-conservation attitudes and deliver tangible results to better conserve and manage the natural world.

There are three grant levels to allow teams to scale up their initial projects. Starting with a Future Conservationist Award, teams are supported to undertake small-scale research and awareness-raising projects. Through Follow-up and Leadership awards, teams can implement larger projects over a longer period of time and deliver practical solutions to conservation issues whilst learning to command more complex decision-making, communication and leadership skills.

The Kate Stokes Memorial Award is an additional grant which is awarded annually to an exceptional team of CLP alumni.

Professional Development, Mentoring and Networking

In addition to awarding project funding, CLP invites one member of each award-winning team to our annual international training course. Here, they learn about a range of conservation management and leadership topics as well as build a network with other early-career conservationists. Our training course helps awardees deliver their CLP projects and has also been credited for furthering participants’ career progression. It is a rewarding and life-changing experience!

As part of the award, winning teams are able to access expertise from within each of the three conservation partner organisations (BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society) and via our Alumni Network, which includes past award winners. Programme staff members are also available to advise on project implementation, including guidance required during the planning and team training stages.